Takes quite a ¬†long time to make it – but it’s worth it!

How To Make Black Bean Soup with Rice and Sherry

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry black beans
  • 1 quart beef broth
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 1/2 pound smoked ham hock
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 4 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked white rice
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry
  • 1 small red onion, diced

Directions

Place beans in a large bowl and cover with several inches of water. Let soak 8 hours or overnight.

Drain and rinse beans and place in a large pot over medium heat with beef broth, chicken broth, ham hock, onion, carrot, parsley, garlic and thyme. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer 6 to 8 hours.

Strain soup into a large saucepan, reserving bean mixture. Remove ham hock and discard. Puree bean mixture in a blender or food processor until smooth. Stir into reserved broth. Cook over low heat 2 hours. Season with salt and pepper.

In the last 20 minutes of cooking, bring 2 1/2 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in rice. Reduce heat, cover and cook 20 minutes.

Ladle soup into six bowls. Top with cooked rice, a spoonful of sherry and a sprinkling of red onion.